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Easterly weather didn't affect rainbow waters opening

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Rainbow waters are now open

Anglers seemed undeterred with the easterly rain experienced last weekend, which also heralded the opening of the 2021-22 rainbow waters on Saturday 2 October. Reports of good catches were received throughout the State, with mild temperatures and increased water flows providing ideal conditions. Good sized sea-runners and lake trout were on the chew after the snow melted from the peaks.

Tasmania’s rainbow trout waters are:
• Dee Lagoon
• Junction Lake
• Lake Meston
• Lake Rowallan
• Lake Skinner
• Lake Youd
• Mersey River above Lake Rowallan
• River Leven upstream of Loogana Road Bridge
• Weld rivers (both North and South)

Most of the waters are fairly remote and lakes Junction, Meston, Youd, Skinner and the Mersey River above Lake Rowallan are waters that you need to walk to but they are great fisheries that offer a range of fantastic fishing opportunities.

Dee Lagoon is an accessible lake on the central plateau. It has good access with two formal boat ramps. There are also a number of informal boat ramps.

All these waters will close on 29 May 2022. Please check the 2021-22 Tasmanian Inland Fishing Code for the regulations on these waters as some are restricted to artificial methods and others are distinct sections of rivers.

Don't forget the Tasmanian Tagged Trout Promotion is still running, with 45 trout still outstanding worth $2000 to the lucky angler who bags one (conditions apply).

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